Standard Depth vs. Counter Depth Refrigerators

When you’re ready to buy a refrigerator, you start thinking of whether you prefer side-by-side over a french-door or a top-freezer over a bottom-freezer.

But another determining factor in the refrigerator purchase process is the decision between the counter depth and the standard depth refrigerator. In this article, we will analyze the pros and cons of both types of refrigerators so that you can make an informed decision.

Standard Depth Refrigerators

The standard depth, also known as full depth, is the traditional refrigerator style. They usually exceed the counter space by about 6 inches. The average depth ranges from 30 inches to 34 inches.

Standard Depth Refrigerators
1. If your budget is limited, the standard deep refrigerator is much cheaper and there are many options on the market.
2. If you have a big family or find that your refrigerator is often fully loaded, you will appreciate the storage capacity of a standard deep refrigerator.


With the standard depth, you will have about 6” of refrigerator protruding from the cabinets. This has 2 disadvantages:

1. The kitchen design will not look uniform or seamless.

2. This will also take up more space in your kitchen which could be used for cooking prep. If you have several family members, this can disrupt kitchen flow.


Counter Depth Refrigerators

A counter depth refrigerator is designed to flush fit with the cabinets and does not protrude from the cabinets. This way you can’t see the sides. When it comes to counter depth, the average depth ranges from 25” to 30”. They are generally shallow and wide.


1. The counter depth refrigerators are more aesthetically pleasing when it comes to kitchen design and provide a clean uniform look.
2. You will experience a better kitchen flow because the refrigerator is not sticking out leaving you more room.
3. Since they are wider than standard depth refrigerators, you can store bigger party platters and trays with ease. Plus with shallow depth, you can reach the back of your fridge easily.


In terms of price, they are usually more expensive than standard depth refrigerators.
2. In terms of storage, they are smaller than standard depth refrigerators.

Keep in mind
While measuring for a counter depth refrigerator, make sure there is enough clearance room so your refrigerators doors can swing out.

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